Worst Types Of Drivers On The Roads!

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If you’ve braved Indian roads, you’re pretty much set for any adventure sport – even without the right kind of gear and training. Trust us, we’re right on this one. Regardless of whether you are a biker or ride a four wheeler, or rely on public transport, or even walk it, you’ve been a part of some kind of superior gymnastics to get from point to point without and showing up in one piece. We’ve identified ten kinds of culprits that make this crazy experience what it is.

  1. The first timers: Usually identified as youngsters, these drivers are first timers in the world of driving. They listen to loud music, accessorise their cars in ways that might give the word “bling” a run for its money, and speed about recklessly. They will be spotted stopping at random places to shoot selfies.
  2. Seasoned veterans: With all due respect, seniors behind the wheel can be a handful, too. Speed isn’t their friend, and nor are youngsters on the road. In many instances, they still find themselves holding onto the rules that were around many centuries ago and driving so slowly that they go backwards.
  3. Drive the talk: Forget walk the talk. This school of drivers are firm believers in their talents at multi-tasking, while the rest of the world might vouch for the lack of these very talents. The use of the cell phone to keep talking is a dangerous, dangerous thing to do – but these people don’t care!
  4. The Texter: You read that right. A fast evolving breed of drivers, this crowd will respond to text messages even while cruising on the road. These are, actually, the worst of the lot, because in the time they take to look at their phones to read or respond to a text message, they take their eyes OFF THE ROAD.
  5. Signals don’t matter to me: This is your typical rule-breaker. They couldn’t care less about jumping signals. They’ll show up from anywhere, hurtling at the speed of a meteor.
  6. OMG-Aiii-Love-Schumacher-Wonly: You can’t get through to these people. Not even if you tried standing upside down. For them, every road – no matter if it is a kuppam or a jhopad-patti – is always, ALWAYS a race track. They drive like Sebastian Vettel and Michael Schumacher are flanking their cars.
  7. The abuser: This one is real entertainer. No matter what happens – say, a lazy bull walks by on a busy road, a cyclist slams the brakes too late, a grumpy driver on a bike knocks the wind out of the side-view mirror – you’ll find the choicest abuses flowing from these drivers’ mouths.
  8. The eater driver: While it is wholly possible that many of us may qualify for this, seeing as how food is a priority for many, this set of drivers simply must eat while driving.
  9. The diva: For this set of drivers, looking good comes first. From their hair to their mascara and lipstick, to their shades and earrings, everything must be in top shape. Half the time is spent admiring oneself in the mirror, and the other half of the time is spent making oneself ready for the mirror.
  10. I’m not too drive to drunk! Okay. Correction. THIS is the worst of the lot. There are some that are incredibly confident about being fully capable of handling their alcohol. But, instead, they wind up becoming one of the major factors for road accidents.
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Safe Driving In The Monsoon

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It’s raining cats and dogs, and commuting can be a pain. Right from the wet roads to the issues with visibility, there are a lot of things that you should be focusing on while on the road during the monsoons. Here are a couple of things that should top your priorities this monsoon:

  • Stay dry: This might seem obvious, but it is valuable. This is especially important for people who ride cycles and motorcycles. Carrying a good raincoat and comfortable headgear with appropriate tools to ensure visibility is extremely important.
  • Avoid speeding at any cost. When roads are wet, they become all the more slippery – and it is worsened if there is any petrol or oil on the road, which can lead to a bigger issue. Avoid speeding, and maintain a consistent speed limit, between 3- to 45 km / hr, to ensure that you are safe.
  • Keep a good distance around you. While riding or driving out in the monsoons or during the rain, one of the biggest issues is that of visibility. It is unclear as to who stands before you or behind you, and the loss of traction makes the vehicle vulnerable to banging into a vehicle in front.
  • While applying the brakes, always be gentle. It is also important that your brakes be in functional order before the monsoons – fill it with brake fluid if necessary.
  • Avoid water logged areas: Given that flooding and water logging often can damage your engine, whether a car or a bike, it is important that these roads be avoided. It is also a danger that waterlogged roads may have open potholes that you may wind up driving past and getting stuck in, without realising it.
  • Keep the headlights on. Given that visibility is an issue during the monsoons, keeping the headlights on will not only help you look at what’s ahead easily, but will also help you ensure that you are visible to people from the other side.
  • Always keep to the center of the road instead of the sides, because it makes you less vulnerable to changes in the traffic on the road. Make it a point to follow the vehicle in front of you.
  • Avoid driving on mud roads, because monsoons make mud roads murky and your vehicle can get stuck in the tracks easily.
  • Avoid driving close to trees and heavy equipment like hoardings, barricades and other large fixtures. Lightning can make them collapse, and it is important to ensure that you aren’t harmed or electrocuted.

Car Buying Tips

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Whether it’s your first car or your tenth, you can never benefit enough from advice to help make your purchase decisions. For the simple common man, buying a car is a rational choice to get from one place to the next, and to fit the family within safely and comfortably, and in many instances, at a low cost. Investing in a car is not a linear decision – it involves a fairly considerable thinking process that centres around the core goal of fulfilling the basic needs and expectations from owning a car. Here are a couple of things you should keep in mind when you’re buying a car.

Understand the kinds of cars there are
Cars come in different kinds, sizes and models to suit your utility needs. To start with, get your basics right. A convertible is good on the aesthetics, but not so much on the functionality, unless you have small children whose safety is better guaranteed with two doors rather than four. A sedan is a good idea if you have a small family with young children, so your kids can climb into the vehicle with ease. Hatchbacks come with a comfortable space in the seating space of the car, with the comfort of a wagon like structure at the back – which works great if you’re a larger family and like to go on long trips with your luggage in tow. Station wagons and mini vans work if you’re plying a large family around, or a large amount of cargo – it isn’t exactly the kind of vehicle a family usually goes in for.

Safety is as safety does
The right car size really depends on your own needs. While there is a common belief that larger vehicles are safer than smaller ones, it is really a misconception to say that. The key point here is to ensure that safety is a valuable factor in your purchase decision. You need to understand the engineering of the vehicle, its ability to respond to crashes and accidents, and the sturdiness of the body to help choose a durable car for your every need.

Size wise
If you are a small family, and would like to keep your savings in order at first, a small car is not a bad idea at all. Go in for a big car when you know that your needs and affordability have risen in a suitable proportion. You also need to consider parking-related concerns wherever your vehicle goes: at home, at work, outside school and wherever it is that you will be running errands to. If your vehicle is likely to find a smaller parking spot, you’d be wiser indulging in a smaller vehicle. One point to remember is that a car maybe small in structure, but on the inside, it needn’t be. You have plenty of cars in the market that come with spacious interiors packed within a light and small frame of a vehicle.

Take your surroundings into consideration
There are a lot of factors around where you live that can account for the kind of vehicle you should invest in. In a place that is hilly, or has rugged terrain, you’ll be doing a wise thing in investing in a heavier vehicle that has the capacity to handle rugged terrain. For a more urban lifestyle, a lighter vehicle works well. If you are in a place that is seasonal, invest in a car that will help you adapt to each season – such as through winter tires for snowy and wet terrain, skid free tyres for rainy terrain and the like.

Budgetary considerations
Owning and maintaining a car is not child’s play, and can be demanding in terms of the amount of money one is expected to plough into the car on a near-daily basis. To this end, low maintenance and diesel cars work like a charm if you know that you’re on a shoestring budget or thereabouts. But if you can afford to set aside a decent amount of money each month for your transportation needs, indulging in a middle-to-high maintenance car is a viable option.